Trade body names new chairman

James Gerry

Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) chairman James Gerry (pictured) has stepped down after only six months in the role.

Manchester Underwriting Management chief executive Charles Manchester has replaced him.

The trade body said Gerry, who replaced founding chairman Reg Brown in March this year, has stepped down to concentrate on commercial commitments.

Gerry is chairman at GB Underwriting.

MGAA managing director Peter Staddon said: “We are sorry that James is not able to continue in the role of chairman and we want to extend him our thanks for his commitment to the association.

“Charles has already brought the board the benefits of a strong understanding and experience in the MGA sector. In his role as chairman, the Association and its members will benefit from his commitment and vision to support the growth and development of the sector.”

Manchester said: “With the full support of the board, I will continue to drive ahead with a strategy to increase the focus on education, professionalism and ethics in the MGA sector, and build on our position and level of influence in the insurance industry.”